Dr Nicole (Nici) Sweaney

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nici grew up with a fascination for animals and science, and always knew it was something she wanted to pursue. 

She completed my Bachelor of Science, majoring in zoology and evolution and ecology. Nici went on to work for short stints in the public service within the research sector, before returning to university to complete her Honours, examining the impacts of bushfire and logging on beetle biodiversity. 

After completing her Honours, Nici worked as a research officer at ANU before commencing her phD, where she studied how native butterfly species interact with farmlands and pine plantations. 

Post phD, Nici began to consult organisations in regard to research design, social surveys, and data analysis. She have worked with a range or local and international companies and organisations on a wide array of projects across environmental and social science topics.

She started teaching undergraduate courses during her phD and has a passion for higher education. Nici continues to teach undergraduate and post-graduate students here at the ANU, and supervises research students.

Nici is beginning research examining relationships and roles in households (heteronormative, monogamous) where mothers and fathers switch stereotypical income-earner and care-giver roles.

Areas of expertise

  • Conservation Ecology
  • Social Surveys
  • Survey Analysis
  • Zoology
  • Statistics
  • Environmental Science And Management
  • Equity and Access

Research interests

Nici has varied research interests.

She is interested in research addressing the management and conservation of ecological communities. This includes an interest in adaptive management, and developing deeper understandings of how native species interact with, and are influenced by, human-impacted environments. 

She is also interested in applying data analysis and visualisation tools to questions of social science - such as design, and interpretation of social surveys and the application of analysis to help understand behaviour and opinions of humans.

Nici also has a keen interest in issues of diversity, inclusion, and particularly gender equality. She enjoys using her skills in social research to examine our engrained practices and presumptions around gender and the roles we play in society and our families.